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July 02, 2015 01:39 PM
Motorists Traveling I-70 This Weekend May Encounter Long Delays at Saline County Work Zone

For more information, contact MoDOT's Kansas City District Communications Michele Compton, 816-607-2027.

SALINE COUNTY - All drivers traveling across the state on I-70 this summer should be aware that the Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a travel alert.  Bridge rehabilitation has reduced I-70 to ONE lane both eastbound and westbound from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77, just west of the U.S. Route 65 interchange.

Motorists should expect HEAVY congestion through the area during peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons.  Allow extra time for travel, alter your departure time to miss peak afternoon traffic or find an alternate route such as U.S. Route 50 or 36. Delays of up to an hour or more are possible.

More than 26,000 vehicles travel this corridor daily, of which 40 percent includes truck traffic. Roadside message boards will be updated with estimated travel time as it is available. 

This is a full 24/7 lane closure with reduced lanes to 12-foot for each direction of I-70.  The westbound bridge will be complete mid-August and the eastbound bridge will be complete mid-October.  This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line. All work is weather dependent.

For project updates, follow MoDOT Kansas City on Facebook and review the project website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity/major_projects/I-70_Blackwater_Bridges.htm. Also reference the Traveler Information Map for congestion updates and camera views of traffic.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccustomerrelations@modot.mo.gov. We want your feedback on our work zones! Rate Our Work Zones at www.modot.org/kansascity

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